In 2008, an official probe into a state-funded farming project found that around one million euros of government money earmarked for a programme to help corn farmers had been misappropriated.
According to the report published by Cameroon’s anti-corruption agency (Conac), the official in charge of the “corn project” and officials belonging to Cameroon’s agriculture ministry invented fictitious groups of farmers to pocket government funds.
This move follows another recent Conac report which said that Cameroonians thought corruption was on the increase in their country.
Interviewees said the official in the finance minister were the most corrupt, followed by those in the ministries for justice, the public works, public safety and police force.
Under pressure from international donors, the government launched an operation in 2004 to stamp out graft, which led to the arrest of about 100 people.